VSEA’s Week In Action Newsletter: December 3, 2021!

URGENT! It’s About Your Pension!

Corrections Unit Contract Negotiations Headed To Fact Finding

Corrections Unit Members Meet With Key Lawmaker

VSEA Mourns Lisa Kelley’s Death

December 16 Council Meeting To Include 2022 Legislative Agenda Review

Fall 2021 VSEA Membership Recruitment Drive Contest Winners

Help Your VSEA Chapter! Help The Vermont Foodbank!

Reminders:

VSEA Dues Clarification

Join The VSEA Legislative Committee

Discounted Bolton Valley Passes For VSEA Members

VSEA Diversity Committee Seeking Members

View/Download Your Contract on VSEA.org

Solidarity Stories:

NLRB Orders New Election For Amazon Workers In Alabama

UAW Announces Official Results Of John Deere Workers’ Contract Vote

Kelloggs Workers To Vote On Tentative Agreement

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Top Lawmaker Slams Door On Labor’s Request For Dedicated Revenue Stream To Fund Pensions

Not only does Rep. Copeland-Hanzas squash any hope of a dedicated revenue stream to fund state employee, teacher and trooper pensions, she adds a threat to the VSEA, VtNEA and VTA.

From the Digger story:

As a carrot in negotiations, lawmakers had set aside $150 million in one-time funds last year to put toward the state’s obligations once a reform was agreed to. But if the parties are not able to come to agreement, Copeland Hanzas said, that money might be used elsewhere.

“150 million goes back to the appropriations committees, and they figure out what the priorities are,” she said.

Read More From VTDigger.org Here

December 9 Pension Task Force Meeting Location Change!!

Alert! Due to a scheduling conflict at the State House, the December 9 State Pension Task Force meeting (one of its last before the committee finalizes its recommendations to present to lawmakers and State officials) is being moved to the Pavilion Building.

State Pension Task Force Meeting

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Pavilion Building, Lecture Hall

109 State Street, Montpelier

9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Must Show ID

Please note this venue change. Thanks.

More Information About This Meeting

This Giving Tuesday, Give To A Great Cause While Helping Your VSEA Chapter!

VSEA’s Board of Trustees is again challenging every VSEA Chapter and its members to raise as much money as possible between now and December 31 to provide meals to a “virtual food drive” for the Vermont Foodbank.

Want to get in on the challenge? Just go to the Fundraising Challenge page on VSEA.org, choose your Chapter, and then hit the “Donate” button. Every dollar you donate, via this donation page, supports the Vermont Foodbank! The VSEA Chapter with the most money raised by New Year’s wins some well-deserved bragging rights!

“Donating money to the Vermont Foodbank provides more food…bang for the buck…than donating food you’ve purchased individually,” explains VSEA Board member Will Wells. “This is because the Vermont Foodbank can purchase food at bulk discounted rates.” 

The total amount of money VSEA donated to the Foodbank in 2020 was $11,904, and VSEA’s Chittenden Chapter raised the most!

Find Your Chapter’s Donation Page Here

VSEA is sending its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of DCF Social Worker Lisa Kelley, who tragically died yesterday, sadly and allegedly as a result of domestic violence.

Lisa was based in DCF’s Family Services Division in Morrisville, where she began working in November 2015. She is being remembered as a valued colleague, mentor, and friend.

Anyone in need of help can call the Vermont Network Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-228-7395.

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